By Bob DiCesare
Blake Bean received a few football offers coming out of high school but nothing that caught his fancy. He wanted to play Division I ball. He wanted to prove he had skills that schools were overlooking.
Instead of taking the best offer on the table, Bean opted to go the junior college route. It was at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., that the linebacker attracted attention on the football field and posted the added allure of a 4.0 grade-point average.
UB loved what he had to offer: a relentless pursuit on and off the field and high academic goals. And it didn't hurt that he accomplished the high school rarity of winning state wrestling championships in two states. He captured the 215-pound title in Oklahoma as a junior and followed up in the same weight division in Kansas as a senior.
"Just parents got a job up there so I had to go up there, give up friends down at home and go to school up in Wichita," Bean said."
As Bulls had coach Jeff Quinn likes to say, UB defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Lou Tepper has "written the book" on the position. Tepper authored his first book on linebacking more than a few years ago and is following up with another. Tepper's presence proved the bridge between Bean and Buffalo.
"I didn't know much about them at the time," Bean said. "But the more I looked into it and the more I looked at the coaches and who I have coaching me . . .
""Coach Tep has been around it all and that was something I was more attracted to than anything probably is my position coach," Bean said. "You want to get better and that's what it's all about."
Bean goes 6-foot-1, 232 pounds and has the inside track on a starting linebacker spot. He's also switched his major to Biology with an eye on pre-med.
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